Robert Lanza on theory of Biocentrism (Science and Nonduality video)


This is part 1 of Robert Lanza’s talk on Biocentrism at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2010.

“The walls of space and time are illusions.  Science is just beginning to grasp the nonlinear nature of reality .  The mind transcends space and time in that they’re its tools, not the other way around.  This concept of reality dissolves away human individuality.  The walls of space and time are illusory.  This is the prelude to immortality.  We are all one.  All melded together.”
–Robert Lanza

Watch part 2 here: http://youtu.be/Yw55BsToVZM

Citizen vs. Consumer: The Perils of Deflationary Democracy

The contemporary dilemma of consumer vs. citizen

Do you think of yourself primarily as a citizen or a consumer? A generation ago this would have been a silly question. Not so today. More and more, our country is becoming a democracy only in aspiration. The phenomenal success of special-interest lobbies and mass marketing have had the cumulative linguistic effect of overwriting us metaphorically as persons of political rights and responsibilities and turning us into people with nothing much going for us other than our purchasing preferences.

If you are old enough to remember the frequent use of the adage “the customer is always right,” then you might also recall a time when most people thought of themselves as citizens and only occasionally as customers. Of course, some of us still feel that way, but the ubiquitous use of the term consumer has turned the notion of citizen into a hollow idiom of generations past. Being referred to as a customer of this or that store or service is by itself non-threatening to one���s status as a citizen. But the mantle of consumer as the sole descriptor of individuals has had the effect of siphoning the implied responsibility out of citizenship while morphing into a nihilistic but universal catchphrase for people whose summum bonum in life is to use up resources.

Nothing captures the contemporary dilemma of consumer vs. citizen more vividly than the fact that so many people view the government not as us but as them. And nothing more need be said to make the bewildering point that to hold this view is to profoundly misunderstand the very concept of a democratic republic and the responsibilities required to sustain it. A citizen’s conscience vs. a consumer’s choice is a sharp disconnect between conflicting notions of freedom and responsibility. Worse, consider the democratic prerequisite of the consent of the governed vs. the indifference of the governed. An egregious lack of political authority resulting from nonparticipation is precisely what happens when citizens view their government as them instead of us. Wherever a lack of will resides, special interests will in time fill the vacuum with a special purpose.

In A Place for Us, a book about making democracy work, author Benjamin Barber writes, “Democracy is not a synonym for the marketplace, and the notion that by privatizing government we can establish civic goods is a dishonorable myth.” An insidious myth, Barber argues, because it has a superficial feel of freedom. He says, “Consumers speak the divisive rhetoric of “me.” Citizens invent the common language of “we.” And then he adds, “Ducks, to be ducks, need their pond, and the public needs its town square.” Moreover, the kind of business conducted in the public square is often far more important than the decisions we make with our wallets. These issues involve common good and common ground. Common ground, though, cannot be discovered unless it has first been established. Achieving common ground means accepting a set of identifying principals, namely American ideals based upon our Constitution and Bill of Rights, along with the notion that one can indeed appear different, have opposing views, and still be an American.

As you watch newscasts in the coming weeks, pay particular attention to how many times the word consumer is used, and then ask yourself if, in each of these characterizations, you can sense a feeling of implied impotence in the role that “consumers” are expected to play with regard to anything beyond purchases. I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that the continuous use of the word consumer has had an emasculating effect on the roles expected of individuals in a democracy. The word consumer, by sheer usage level, leaves little room for other considerations.

To be a citizen is to have an identity for both being and doing. A citizen has rights, but also responsibilities. A consumer just feeds on goods and services. Roman statesman and orator Cicero argued that we experience freedom as an exercise of participating in power, but he was speaking of citizens and excluding slaves. What if one has no power, except to buy things? Is shopping all there is to freedom? Perhaps we often hear the expression of voting with one���s dollars because many people can no longer distinguish a difference.

In my view, consumer choice vs. citizens’ rights is not a parallel proposition. The late philosopher Rick Roderick likened mass culture to the Enlightenment in reverse. No doubt, in large part, it’s because trillions of advertising dollars have been spent to appeal to our most infantile urges, which tends to cause us to confuse maturity and success with material possessions, while our penchant for thoughtfulness is overwritten by media images. Thus, “consumers” mistake freedom as an infinite choice of flavors from which to choose.

The “customer is always right” motto originated early in the twentieth century, and although there is some controversy about who coined it, there is little doubt that it started us down the path toward expectations of political impotence. Worse, to be nothing more than a consumer is analogous to being a cancer cell, to being forever voracious of appetite and to demonstrate one’s success through continuous and often conspicuous consumption. To be viewed as successful, a consumer must devour, and leftover spoilage is a sign of power to spare. A consumer’s response to war is to go shopping, as we were recently urged to do by the President of the United States. The sheer banality of a culture in which the populace is known primarily as consumers is one where persons are seen not as being ends in themselves, but rather as frivolous and superficial means to yet further and further superficial means.

Democracy cannot be attained or sustained without a rigorous public contribution by enlightened participants. But what if citizens can’t be depended upon to educate themselves about important political matters as so often seems to be the case? What if instead they respond on cue in consumer fashion to simple-minded thirty-second commercials, as the data clearly suggest happens? When political candidates spend millions on mind-numbing commercials composed of clich̩s, platitudes, and empty slogans, it works. It changes voting in predictable patterns. This is not citizenship. It’s a form of reptilian persuasion that amounts to bait-and-switch trickery, where appeals to deep emotions are used for the purpose of diversion: a means to an end by deceit, a willingness to say anything that gets the desired result.

If our primary source of news and information about the world consists of little more than psychologically spun messages, both political and commercial, from powerful media conglomerates, then who are we as individuals to speak above the noise? Are these corporations really any different than feudal lords? If we are powerless against them, are we not their serfs? Are employed adults who will never rise far enough above minimum wage to earn enough to escape poverty really any better off than sharecroppers? Are the immigrants who scrub our floors, pick our crops, and watch after our children really that much better off than indentured servants? Are credit card companies postmodern fiefdoms?

A generation ago questions like these would have offended me. Today they don’t for a very simple reason: We have enough history under our belts to realize that a low-wage bottom class is not simply a stepladder to greater success. There are at present too many rungs missing for average citizens to still use the metaphor of a success ladder without cynicism. Reality suggests that a permanent underclass is actually indispensable to the status quo. A culture that worships winners requires, of necessity, a large number of losers. It’s disturbing that more people aren’t asking questions about a system rigged by the winners. Of course, to be poor in America may still seem rich by the standards of some parts of the world, but belonging to a better class of poor is not really something worthy of national pride, nor is it good for democracy. Choices that are inspired by oppression do not represent genuine liberty. Moreover, the frustration and contempt that result from a permanent underclass undermine the kind of cooperation that fosters common ground.

My generation was taught to prize democracy as an end in itself. Capitalism was to be our means. But today, for millions of people, these roles are reversed. Capitalism nowadays enables the lobbied purchase of governmental power that favors moneyed interests, period. Real democracy requires that knowledgeable citizens learn the nature of civic problems and have the leisure to participate in effecting solutions. Leisure used to stand for the very foundation of culture and implied something far greater than having the time to pursue entertainment.

Granted, cyber-communications contain the seeds of democratic muscle, and like-minded folks all over the planet are joining forces. But the exponential growth of media conglomerates represents a much more formidable threat than Goliath ever presented to David. In addition, the convenience of discovering people who share one’s views is having the predictable effect of escalating polarization. The result is what academics call ideological amplification, where members of like-minded groups go further in the direction they are already leaning than they ever would have gone on their own. So far, public square possibilities for engaging in constructive dialogue among people with divergent political views, while not unheard of, are far from ideal, as ducks do not seem to want to be seen talking to chickens, and the reverse.

All that’s required for feudalist societies to function is managers, overseers, and an inexhaustible supply of serfs, although nose-to-the-grindstone, minimum-wage consumers seem to work as well. If one has to work seven days a week just to obtain the bare necessities of a life of poverty, then the notion of citizenship and civic responsibility seems hackneyed and trite to begin with.

In a truly democratic society, military service via a draft ensures a vested public interest in the foreign affairs of the nation. In a consumer society where economic opportunity is dismal for so many young adults, the term “voluntary” military service should be suspect. Economic coercion is still coercion, and it’s undemocratic–especially when corporate elites live in a business environment that’s increasingly socialistic by lobbied design. CEOs collude with politicians, and the fallout deficit due citizens is that all relationships among “�consumers” are commoditized. If you don’t like it, you’re told, “You can shop elsewhere.” When you listen carefully to a broad range of political discourse from both the left and right, it’s clear that many of our most thoughtful citizens are worried that the American middle class is an endangered species–a situation that threatens the very foundation of our way of life.

Citizen vs. consumer is an issue that transcends political affiliation. Arguments about inequality aside, I don’t think it’s that hard to convince the political left, right, and middle that a return to the ubiquitous use of the word citizen while scrapping the word consumer in favor of the word customer, in myriad circumstances, would likely result in a paradigm shift in democratic expectations. It seems like such a small thing, and some will no doubt think it silly. Still, ask yourself what would happen if our broadcast media were to dramatically roll back their use of the word consumer and begin referring to all Americans more often as citizens.

I believe the change in perception over time would be startling. What do you think?

� Charles D. Hayes

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever (animated score) contributed by Alan Blackman


John Philip Sousa’s march, The Stars and Stripes Forever, with an animated graphical score.
FAQ

Q: Please tell me more about the composer.
A: You can read about him here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Phi…

Q: Where can I learn more about this piece?
A: Here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star…

Q: What does the REAL score look like?
A: Here’s the original manuscript of this piece:
http://www.musanim.com/pdf/SousaStars…

Q: What do the colors and shapes indicate?
A: Each instrumental family has its own color, size and shape. From back (largest) to front, these are:
percussion (gray top: cymbals, middle: snare drum, bottom: bass drum)
tuba, baritone horn (violet ellipses)
horns, trombones (violet octagons)
clarinets (green octagons)
saxophones (orange rhombi)
cornets (orange inverted ellipses, “stars”)
oboe/bassoon (reddish brown stars)
flutes, piccolos (blue ellipses)

Sunday Night Translation Group – January 15

Translation is a 5-step process using syllogistic reasoning to transform apparent man and the universe back into its essential whole, complete and perfect nature.  Through the process of Translation, reality is uncovered and thus revealed. Through word tracking, getting to the essence of the words we use to express our current view of reality, we are uncovering the one true reality.

Sense testimony:

If I’m in pain and I don’t deserve it, then God’s to blame.

Conclusions:

  1.  Truth is Godless, sinless, painless, blameless wholeness causing, wholeness effecting.
  2. Self Evident Emanation of Ever-present Instantaneous Well Being is all there is.
  3. I am that I am, the perfect one, you are the God in your universe as one beingness.
  4. To come.

“Remember That We Suffered” with Patti LuPone & Tovah Feldshuh – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

I thought at first that this video might  not be appropriate for the Bathtub Bulletin readership, but last night I had a dream in which I was Jewish, wrapped in my Jewish toga and belt. I think my unconscious was trying to tell me: “Remember that we suffered!’
–Mike Zonta, Bathtub Bulletin editor


Remember That We Suffered”
Starring Patti LuPone and Tovah Feldshuh
Written by Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Dan Gregor, Jerome Kurtenbach, and Adam Schlesinger

Rabbi Shari:
NOW IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE
GRAB A DRINK AND FIX A PLATE
BUT BEFORE YOU FEEL TOO GREAT
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

NIGHTS LIKE THIS ARE FILLED WITH GLEE
NOSHING, DANCING, SINGING, WHEE!
BUT WE SING IN A MINOR KEY TO REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Rabbi Shari + Congregation:
BEING HAPPY IS SELFISH
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Rabbi Shari:
YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT PAIN IS

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED
HEY!

Rabbi Shari:
I MEAN, WOULD IT BE SUCH A CRIME
FOR THE BEASTIE BOYS OR HAIM
TO MENTION IN THEIR SONGS ONE TIME “REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED”

Naomi:
I DON’T WANT TO BRING UP THE HOLOCAUST
I KNOW, I KNOW…THE HOLOCAUST
BUT THE HOLOCAUST WAS A REALLY BIG DEAL!

Rabbi Shari + Naomi:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Congregation:
THIS DJ IS TERRIFIC!

Rabbi Shari + Naomi:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

DJ:
MY GRANDMA’S A SURVIVOR

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT SHE SUFFERED

Rabbi Shari:
AHHHHH…
THE SWEET AND THE BITTER!

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Naomi:
STREISAND AND HITLER!

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Rabbi Shari:
SPIELBERG AND HITLER

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED

Rabbi Shari + Naomi:
HAVE WE MENTIONED HITLER?
I’M JUST SAYING THAT WE SUFFERED

DJ:
WHEN I SAY WE YOU SAY SUFFERED
WE—

Congregation:
SUFFERED!

DJ:
WE—

Congregation:
SUFFERED!

DJ:
I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

Congregation:
REMEMBER THAT WE SUFFERED
HEY!

Humans Are Literally Made of Stardust After All

X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: Detlef Hartmann; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

By Rae Paoletta (gizmodo.com)

All too often, our flesh cocoons can feel like vessels of anxiety and existential dread. But take heart, because new research confirms what science popularizers like Carl Sagan have said all along: humans truly are made of “star stuff”—and we’ve got maps to prove it.

In the largest undertaking of its kind, a group of astronomers at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in New Mexico has used the APOGEE (Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment) spectrograph to analyze the composition of 150,000 stars across the Milky Way. The team has catalogued the amount of “CHNOPS elements”—carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur—in each of the stars, and mapped out the prevalence of these “building blocks of life” across the galaxy.
Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital Inc.; SDSS collaboration

Researchers found the center of the Milky Way to be the most abundant in CHNOPS elements. But perhaps the most validating aspect of the research is that these essential elements—found scattered across so many stars—also make up 97 percent of the mass of our bodies.

In other words, we truly are “children” of the stars.

In addition to helping us learn more about ourselves, this new map could direct us to life beyond Earth, past or present.

“It’s a great human interest story that we are now able to map the abundance of all of the major elements found in the human body across hundreds of thousands of stars in our Milky Way,” Jennifer Johnson of Ohio State University said in a press release. “This allows us to place constraints on when and where in our galaxy life had the required elements to evolve, a sort ‘temporal Galactic habitable zone.’”

Go ahead and check out the team’s maps on SDSS here. It’s okay to feel proud—after all, you’re literally a star baby.
(Contributed by Gwyllm Llwydd.)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend | We’ll Never Have Problems Again | The CW


Watch the music video for “We’ll Never Have Problems Again” from Rachel Bloom and Vincent Rodriguez III, then watch full episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW App!

About Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:
Rebecca Bunch is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, CA.

Connect with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Online:
Visit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend WEBSITE: http://on.cwtv.com/CrazyExGirlfriend
Like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/crazyxgf
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Spiritual guru: Adi Da

Adi Da Samraj, born Franklin Albert Jones (November 3, 1939 – November 27, 2008), was an American spiritual teacher, writer and artist. He was the founder of a new religious movement known as Adidam. He changed his name numerous times throughout his life; these names included Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Da Love-Ananda, Da Kalki, Da Avadhoota and Da Avabhasa, among others. From 1991 until his death, he was known as Adi Da Love-Ananda Samraj or Adi Da.

Adi Da initially became known in the spiritual counterculture of the 1970s for his books and public talks, and for the activities of his religious community. His philosophy was essentially similar to many eastern religions which see spiritual enlightenment as the ultimate priority of human life.  Distinguishing his from other religious traditions, Adi Da declared that he was a uniquely historic avatar (incarnation of a god or divinity in human form). As such, Adi Da stated that henceforth devotional worship of him would be the sole means of spiritual enlightenment for anyone else.

Adi Da wrote many books about his spiritual philosophy and related matters, founding a publishing house to print them.  He gained praise from authorities in spirituality and philosophy, but was also criticized for what were perceived as his isolation, controversial behavior, claims toward exclusive realization, and cult-like community.

In the mid-1980s, allegations by former followers of false imprisonment, brainwashing, sexual abuse, assault and involuntary servitude received international media attention. These allegations resulted in lawsuits or threatened suits on both sides.

More at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adi_Da

Christopher Wren

“Architecture aims at eternity.”

Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 163225 February 1723) was a 17th century English architect, designer, astronomer, geometer, considered one of the greatest English architects in history. Wren designed 53 London churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral, as well as many secular buildings of note. He was a founder of the Royal Society (president 1680–82), and his scientific work was highly regarded by Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal.  Wikipedia

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England

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